Throughout October and November, students have been gathering in various locations to fill out Fair Trade cards to send to the resilient women and children who are supported by the Vermont Ibutwa Initiative.
These were taken from one of the two Create for DR Congo events held in the Women's & Gender Center at Champlain College.
This happy bunny was made to bring a smile to a child who receives an education, thanks to contributions from ibutwa donors.
Another art therapy opportunity unfolded at the Vermont International Film Fest. City Of Joy was being screened so another volunteer, Abagail Hoops and I tabled with blank cards for concerned Vermonters to fill out after learned about the harsh impacts of conflict minerals from the deeply moving film.
We were honored to inform locals that ibutwa is a credible non profit healing gender based sexual violence in the DR Congo. More cards were filled out and will be sent over seas after the Dance For Resilience with Revibe where more Fair Trade cards will be available for participants to send messages of hope.
Founder Cleophace Mukeba, pictured above, also gave a speech about approaching peace to educate the youth at King Street Center about non violent activism. The class took it upon themselves to send cards to ibutwa recipients as well.